The state attorney general’s office, arguing on behalf of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, said flag design should be decided through the political process, not by a judge.
Moss Point native Carlos Moore, now a Grenada private attorney who sued the governor over the flag, said the federal court has standing to decide questions his suit raises. Moore is asking U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to declare the flag an unconstitutional vestige of slavery.
Reeves ordered both sides to file arguments over whether the federal court is the proper place to consider arguments about design of the last state flag with the rebel emblem — a red field with a blue X topped by 13 white stars. The judge has not said when he will rule.